Police department offers its lobby, parking lot as safe places to complete online transactions

Economic Indicators Associated Press

A police department in suburban Philadelphia has created a "safe zone" for people to complete transactions they arranged online.

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The Conshohocken Police Department said individuals making purchases from other people through Craigslist and other online sites are free to complete the deals in the police department's lobby or parking lot.

The idea for the safe zone came after an officer said his wife told him she was going to another person's house to complete an online purchase. He didn't like the idea.

Police say the decision was not undertaken in response to any crimes associated with online purchases in the borough.

A similar program was started in May by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Florida.